26th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 21 - November 9, 2013
Gala & Retablo Silent Auction - Friday, October 25, 2013

ARTISTS: We anticipate distributing metal for the retablo exhibition following our opening on August 23, 2013. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive an announcement when retablo tins become available. Please note, retablos are limited to one per artist and are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

25th Annual Día de los Muertos
October 22 - November 10, 2012

Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 25th Annual Día de los Muertos events, a celebration of the art, music and folklife of Mexico. For over twenty years Lawndale has presented an annual open call, non-juried exhibition that celebrates the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in a contemporary context.  This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.

Retablo Pick Up Reminder

Thanks for supporting Lawndale and purchasing retablos at our annual gala and silent auction. Retablo pick up will take place in the gallery:

Monday, November 12, 2012
10 AM - 7 PM
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
10 AM - 5 PM

Starting Wednesday, November 14, please come to the 3rd floor office during office hours (10 AM - 5 PM, Monday-Friday) to retrieve your work. Please note, Lawndale will be closed November 17 - 25 for Thanksgiving. Our regular office hours will resume Monday, November 26, 2012.

Retablo & Student Exhibitions

October 22 - November 10, 2012

In 1988, Lawndale Art Center presented its first annual Día de los Muertos exhibition of retablos: small art works inspired by the traditional Latin American devotional art form of the same name. It is now one of Lawndale’s most popular programs that reaches out to communities across the region. Lawndale invites artists and the public to create contemporary interpretations of retablos on 8” x 10” pieces of sheet metal. These retablos are then sold at the gala to benefit both Lawndale and the artists. Many well-known Houston and nationally known artists participate; the exhibition attracts a large audience and the gala is one of the most fun parties in Houston!
Día de los Muertos is Lawndale’s only open-call, non-juried exhibition. The retablo silent auction is our single largest fundraising event of the year.

Lawndale encourages teachers to educate their students about important aspects of Mexican culture and their related art practices and offers schools the opportunity to display their work in our Cavnar and Horton galleries. In past years, students have submitted projects such as sugar skulls, papel picado, papier mache skeletons, retablos, altars and other large-scale installations. Work by 21 Houston area schools will be on view in the Horton and Cavnar Galleries, including Alvin High School, Bay Area Montessori House, Berry Elementary, Chavez High School, Cypress Lakes High School, De Zavala Elementary School, Elsik High School, Harmony Science Academy Houston High, Johnston Middle School, Katy High School, Manvel High School, Pasadena High School, Patrick Henry Middle School, Presbyterian School, Sam Houston MSTC, Sam Rayburn High School, Sharpstown International Magnet School, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Children's Place, St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Travis Elementary and YES Prep Southeast.

Artists participating in this year's exhibition include:

Joe C. Aker, Billye Anderson, Glinda Anderson, Thom Anderson, Anthropology Club (HCC-Central), The Art Guys, Joanna Ball, Bradley Bankhead, Rodolfo Banuelos, Alex Barber, Levada Barnett, Robert Batterton, Michael Baumgartner, Aaron Beasley, Maureen Beck, Richard Beck, D. Berry, Bert Bertonaschi, Krista Birnbaum, N. Blanca, Lia Harithas Blyth, Elaine Bradford, Cathy Brisky, Cindy Broadway, Marilyn Brooks, Scot Brooks, Laura Brownell, Christi Bruecher, Enrique Camacho, Shannon Camacho, Nubia Cariño, Sara Alvarado & Grant Carr, Lee Carrier, Penny Cerling, Sheng Kuan Chung, Felipe Contreras, Carrie E. Cook, Jeff Copeland, Rene Cruz, Thedra Cullar-Ledford, Claire Cusack, Adrian de la Cerda, Chris Dendtler, Beth Dewey, Elvira Diaz-Ocampo, Jason Dibley, Trang Doan, Domokos, Sue Donaldson, Bevin Bering Dubrowski, Alicia Duplan, Melanie Edwards, Jane Eifler, Deb Elliott, Theresa Escobedo, Edurne Espondo, J. Antonio Farfan, Laura Feld, Loli Fernandez, Bill Fester, Julie Fischer, Carmen Flores, Jonna Flores, Marcela Flores, Terry Flores, Sean Flournoy, Richard E. Fluhr, Monica Foote, Lauren Moya Ford, Juliana Forero, Sebastian  Forray, Diane Fraser, Janice Freeman, Valerie G., Hazel Ganze, Clemente Garcia-Lassaulx, Julie Anne Gawel, Dixie Friend Gay, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, David Gilliland, Sarah Gish, James Glassman, Michael Godoy, Joyce F. Gold, Johann Klaus Golditz, Dan Graur, Mollie Graybill, Debbie Pesha, Green, Casey Gregory, Tommy Gregory, Barry Gremillion, Maryann Gremillion, John Grisaffi, Mitch Samuels Grystar, Keith Guehring, Key Gun, Yolda Gutierrez, Quinn Hagood, Hillaree Hamblin, Stephanie Hamblin, Ann Harithas, Bret Harmeyer, Rachel Harmeyer, Kathleen Havens, Anna Hazel, Sarah Hazel, Joel Hernandez, Rudy Hernandez, Jr., Paula Hernandez-Pilgrim, Dallas Hill, Nicole Hill, George Hixson, Linda Hofheinz, Wes Holloway, Joe Holton, Johnny Hooks, Cynthia Hoyt, Thomas A. Hughen, Alex Irvine, Ross Irwin, Herman Jacobs, Sandra A. Jacobs, JoAnn Jenkins, John Jenkins, Jill Johnson, Leslie Plaza Johnson, Jesse A. Kantu, Allison Kellogg, Bradley Kerl, Robert Kimberly, Hogan Kimbrell, Annette Kinslow, Paul Kittelson, Trish Klenow, Brent Kramlich, Kristen Kramlich, Galina Kurlat, Diane La Franca, Lauren Langford, Laura Lark, Larry Larrinaga, Joan Laughlin, Massa Lemy, John Linden, Chris Lockwood, Jenny Lucas, Jessica Rae Macy, Leslie Magdaleno, Jason Makepeace, Nina Craig Makepeace, Jennifer Manning, Lester Marks, Elias Martinez, Gabriel Martinez, Melissa Martinez, Mark Masterson, Ken Mazzu, Randall McCabe, Mark McCray, Mary Munson McGee, Tracey Meyer, Micheletko, Paul Middendorf, Royal Millen, Allison S. Miller, William H. Miller, Lorena Morales, Pen Morrison, Joy Mullett, L. A. Naut, Christian Navarrete, Steve and Sue Neel, Kia Neill, Richard Nix, Susana O'Docharty, Mari Omori, Lizbeth Ortiz, C.H. JoAnn Park, Cathy Espinosa Payne, Emily Peacock, Eric Pearce, A. Pebdani, Mitch Pengra, Donna E. Perkins, Sergio Pernas, Mandy Peyrani, Alese Pickering, Lowbrow Pilgrim, Shane Platt, Sharon L. Plummer, David Politzer, Mark Ponder, Basilios Poulos, Karinella Poulos, Felisa Prieto, Britt Ragsdale, Antigone Ray, Georgia Redonet, L.S. Reed, Alison Reeves, Michael Remson, Patrick Renner, Rosalva Reyes-Hada, S.E. Richards, Michael Robins, Andrew Rolston, Nicole Romano, Robot Ronnie, Samara Rosen, Darcy Rosenberger, Stephen Ruiz, John Carroll Runnels, Magdalena Abrego Sanchez, Charlie Jean Sartwelle, Kay Sarver, Ben Sauceda, Alfredo Scaroina, Louise Schlachter, Hilary Scullane, Brian Neal Sensabaugh, Robert J. Serradilla, Jason Shaw, Ted Shaw, Carole Smith, Karen A. Smith, Xochi Solis, Becky R. Soria, Al Souza, Annie Souza, Liz Conces Spencer, Susan Spjut, Loni Sproles, Melanie Stinson, Karen Stopnicki, Janina Rospierska Stout, Anne Rita Taylor, Nicole Temple, Marjorie Ng Thai, Nikki Thornton, Michael Toskovich, Patrick Turk, Randy Twaddle, Gina Valenzuela, Richard Varela, Rachelle Vasquez, Tanja Vaughn, Myke Venable, Monica Vidal, Regina Vigil, Melissa Walter, Dandee Warhol, Dianne K. Webb, Rik Wilson, Susan Wingfield, Mat Wolff, Scott Woodard, Kory Woods, Katie Wynne, Paul S. Zeigler and Daniel Zorn.

Click here to see more retablos!

Community Ofrenda

October 22 – November 10, 2012

Starting October 22, guests are encouraged to bring a personal item of remembrance to add to our community altar honoring departed loved ones.


Gala and Retablo Silent Auction

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Artist, Member and Sponsor preview 6-7PM
Gala and Silent Auction 7-9PM
Silent Auction closes at 8:45PM

Event Chairs
Bevin & Dan Dubrowski

Admission: $50 per person
$35 for Lawndale Members
Tickets available at the door.

The festivities begin with a silent auction Thursday, October 25. The auction of retablos, created and donated by over 250 Texas artists, feature contemporary interpretations of this traditional, devotional art. Guests will also enjoy Día de los Muertos exhibitions in the Cavnar and Horton galleries which feature the works of Houston school children. DJ set by Glasnost. Complimentary beverages and delicious bites from Tacos A Go-Go, Tequila Ley .925 & Saint Arnold Brewing Company.

Preview the exhibition Monday, October 22 -Wednesday, October 24 during normal gallery hours.

NEW this year! We will be accepting early bids on all retablos. If you are unable to attend the night’s festivities, you may fill out a pre-bid form and either mail, fax or email it to Lawndale. Retablos will be available for preview in the gallery from Monday, Oct. 22 – Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10AM – 5PM, and online via Lawndale's Flickr page. The highest pre-bid becomes the starting bid of the retablo the night of the auction. Pre-bids will only be accepted through completing this form in advance of the auction by Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 12PM.

Musical Ofrenda

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
performances begin at 6:15PM

Join us for an evening of celebration and remembrance. During Día de los Muertos, families create ofrendas to remember and honor the memory of their ancestors. A ROCO chamber group and Musiqa composers will present short original contemporary, classic compositions as musical ofrendas. Inprint will also present original readings written in the tradition of making an offering during the Día de los Muertos celebrations. This event is a partnership between ROCO, Inprint, Musiqa and Lawndale Art Center.

Sugar Skull Workshop

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Demonstrations at 6 and 6:30PM
Registration required as space is limited FULL - Registration Closed

In conjunction with our 25th Annual Día de los Muertos celebration, Lawndale Art Center is offering a sugar skull making workshop. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is requested as space is limited. Bring a bag of sugar and add it to the mix or just drop in for a quick demonstration. All participants may take home one sugar skull and a printed recipe.

10/24/2011 Update: Both the 6 and 6:30PM demonstrations are full. Click here if you'd like to download the recipe and try making a sugar skull on your own. Molds are avaiable for purchase at Casa Ramirez on 19th St. in the Heights. Join us for the Family Day Fiesta on November 5 to decorate one of the skulls made at the workshop.

Family Day Fiesta

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Admission: Free
Lawndale’s 25th annual Día de los Muertos celebration continues with a Saturday fiesta for families and children honoring participating teachers and students whose works of art can be viewed in the Cavnar and Horton galleries. Enjoy refreshments and children's activities such as cutting papel picado and decorating sugar skulls, along with performances by Houston Grand Opera, Mixteco Ballet Folklorico and Paedarchy Puppets.

Family Day Fiesta Performance Schedule:

Paedarchy Puppets
12 PM
A brave young caterpillar makes a foray into the world of adulthood, danger and confusing metaphors.
Members include: Isaac Arch, Chris Albatross Crawford, Jane Foreman, Rachel George, Berenice Suchilt and Robin Woodward.

Houston Grand Opera
12:30 PM
SIMPLY SINGING SONGS - Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo & José Pecina

Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo originated the role of Lupita in the 2010 world premiere of Houston Grand Opera’s Cruzar la Cara de la Luna / To Cross the Face of the Moon and also performed it at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to open that house’s 2011–12 season. Later this season, she will reprise the role on HGO’s tour to San Diego and Lyric Opera of Chicago and in the HGO performances March 21–24. She began her training with the late Alfonso Guerra at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (M.E.C.A.). She has been a featured performer with ensembles throughout Houston and has performed in Ireland, Mexico, Norway, and Vietnam and at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Television credits include the talk show Cristina on Univision. She is a student of tenor Gabriel Gonzalez, an alumnus of the HGO Studio. Among her honors, she was named the Best of Show Vocalist in Ford–Lincoln Mercury’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition in 1999.

José Pecina began learning, performing and teaching Mexican mariachi music from a young age. He is a gifted violinist and singer who also plays guitarrón, vihuela, and guitar. He grew up on both American and Mexican sides of the border, is bilingual, and understands many of the cultural differences between the United States and Mexico. The award-winning mariachi performer works with Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (M.E.C.A.) and teaches music in several Houston schools in HISD as well as in other locations. His vision is to embrace Mexicans’ intense feelings for their land and people and reflect them through music to promote greater understanding between cultures. He holds a master of music degree from Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Texas Southern University.

Mixteco Ballet Folklorico
1:30 PM & 3 PM

Papel Picado Workshop

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Houston art educator and Lawndale supporter Jean King, will lead a papel picado workshop as part of this year’s Día de los Muertos celebration.  The workshop is free and open to the public.  Visitors will not only learn about the traditional art of Mexican paper cutting from one of the best, but will also get to create and take home their own unique perforated paper creation. 


Sponsor Día de los Muertos. Funds raised in support of Lawndale's 25th Annual Día de los Muertos help underwrite the cost of presenting programs that celebrate cultural traditions of Mexico. These events foster pride and appreciation in one's own heritage and encourage tolerance and understanding. Contributions also fund Lawndale's free programs throughout the year and allow us to continue serving as one of Houston's leading contemporary arts spaces.

To find out more about making a donation to this year's Día de los Muertos, please download our Donor Packet or contact us at 713.528.5858 or by email at


Eddie Allen & Chinhui Juhn



Bevin & Dan Dubrowski
Paula Murphy



Laura & Tom Bacon
Jereann Chaney
Betsy Strauch & Lonnie Hoogeboom
Diana Hudson & Lee Kaplan 
Kathrine G. McGovern 
Evelyn & Dr. Fernando Urrutia



Gayle & Mike DeGeurin
Nicole & Joey Romano
H. Irving Schweppe Jr M.D.


Michael Remson & American
 Festival for the Arts

Art Supply
James M. Bell, Jr
Minnette & Peter Boesel
Beverley & Wayne Gilbert
Tim Kollatschny & Stephen Goldberg
Mina & Dan Graur
Pam & Tim Jahnke
Frazier King
Jared & Caroline Starry LeBlanc

Victoria & Marshal Lightman
Gundi McCandless
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mary L. Morrison
H. Russell Pitman
SBS Manufacturing
Venture Products Company
Clint Willour
Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre


Jen & Steve Dolman
Juliana Forero
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane
Rob Greenstein
Cherie Ray
Ginny & Will Weathers

Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Tacos A Go-Go
Tequila Ley .925



Laura & Tom Bacon
Chuy Benitez
Jereann Chaney
Jen & Steve Dolman
Pam & Jimmy Erwin
Becky & Seth Fleschig
Juliana Forero
Eleanor & Dan Gilbane

Jeff Gremillion
Frazier King
George Lancaster
April Vasquez & Ben Leibman
Nicole & Joey Romano
Vanessa & Tony Sanchez
Evelyn & Dr. Fernando Urrutia
Ginny & Will Weathers


Names as of 11/5/12

Students and Teachers

There are a variety of ways teachers and students can participate in our events:

  • Your school group’s artwork can be featured in Lawndale’s Horton and Cavnar galleries during the months of October and November. Please contact Emily Link for more details at 713.528.5858 or You can also download this year’s Introduction Letter and Education Packet for more information. Teachers interested in participating must submit a Project Planning Worksheet by September 10, 2012.
  • Introduce your students to the Día de los Muertos tradition by scheduling a tour with the Lawndale staff.
  • Visit our Day of the Dead Teacher’s Resource Page, originally assembled by Carrie Green Markello and updated by Christopher Hyunh. This page serves as an excellent resource for students and teachers interested in learning about the history and traditions of this unique holiday.
  • Bring personal items for Lawndale’s community ofrenda.

Día de los Muertos Merchandise



In celebration of 25 years of Día de los Muertos events at Lawndale, 25 artist drawn skulls were selected for this year's t-shirt design. Artists featured include Magdalena Abrego, Ron Arena, Alex Barber, Curtis Cameron, Rene Cruz, Keegan Farrell, Marcela Flores, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, Dan Graur, Barry Gremillion, Jessica Guerra, Marco Guerra, Hazard Buck Jacobs, Anastasia Kirages, Randall McCabe, John Meng, Allison Miller, Vivian Pastor, Segio Pernas, Rosalva Reyes-Hada, Darcy Rosenberger, Susan Spjut, Tanja Vaughn, Sarah Welch and Daniel Zorn.

T-shirts are available in the gallery for $15 each ($10 for Lawndale members), while supplies last. A selection of 'vintage' Día de los Muertos shirts are available for $5 each.

A limited edition poster by Sean Flournoy of Throttle Tees is also available for $10 each.

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